Jaydan Wampler, 6, is impressed by the Marco Island Police Dept.'s loaner life jacket program. The 2013 Marco Island Business Expo was hosted by the Chamber of Commerce at the Marriott hotel Wednesday afternoon, to bring together businesses and potential customers. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
Approaching the 2013 Marco Island Business Expo in the Capri Ballroom at the Marco Marriott, one could be forgiven for wondering if the main feature had already started, or previews of coming attractions were still playing. The aroma of buttered popcorn from the Sunshine Ace Hardware booth, just inside the entry, gave the feeling of a multiplex to the Expo, and given all the variety of displays and booths inside, maybe that’s not too far off.
Over 30 businesses hawked their wares, touted their services, put their best foot forward, and gave away a few free samples to the consumers who were the target market for the event. They ran the gamut from A to W, from A.P. Builders to Winn-Dixie, whose booth offering free samples of a variety of wines, cheeses and olives was a popular stop, if you could find them in the corner behind a press of nibblers. Sommelier Carol Cunningham poured the wines, and threw in a smile at no charge.